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Do you understand the Béliers?

Do you understand the Béliers?

Frankreich 2014 - mit Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino, Louane Emera ...

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Originaltitel:La Famille Béliers
Genre:Comedy
Regie:Eric Lartigau
Kinostart:05.03.2015
Produktionsland:Frankreich 2014
Laufzeit:Ca. 106 min.
FSK:From 0 years
Webseite:www.verstehensiediebeliers-film.de
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Paula Bélier (Louane Emera) thinks he's living a normal teenage life. Her parents Gigi (Karin Viard) and Rodolphe (François Damiens) often just embarrass her and her little brother Quentin (Luca Gelberg) annoys her with beautiful regularity. But all this is not quite normal, because she is the only one in the family who is not deaf. And it is up to her to negotiate prices with the suppliers for the family farm or to serve the customers at the weekly market when selling cheese. When her father, annoyed by the incapacity of the incumbent mayor to become his successor, puts it into his head, Paula also has to organize his election campaign. So it is completely inconvenient for her that her music teacher (Eric Elmosnino) is so enthusiastic about her singing voice that he proposes her to study singing in Paris. But Paula can't possibly leave her family alone…or?

"Do you understand the Béliers?" was a real box-office hit in France. In the first 20 days alone, the comedy lured over 3 million viewers into the cinemas and was able to successfully hold its place in the Top 10 of the cinema charts for over two months. The reason for the success is quickly found. Despite some small lengths and a few overdone jokes, this very special family story is simply a carefree Feelgood movie, that not only makes its audience laugh, but also hits the heart with its music and some very nice moments. The actors ensure that the Béliers family is extremely likeable right from the start. Especially the very relaxed way of dealing with her disability, which actually only feels her environment as such, makes her so loveable - even though in some scenes you can understand why Paula's parents are really embarrassed sometimes.

A real surprise is Louane Emera, participant of the French version of the casting show "The Voice", who can not only convince with her singing. Your game may not be award-worthy, but it is refreshingly relaxed and very authentic. But also Karin Viard and François Damiens, between whom the chemistry is just perfect, as well as Eric Elmosnino leave a very positive impression. Another leading role is played by the music of the French singer Michel Sardou. Some of his most beautiful songs have made it into the film in different versions and also play a central role. Especially when Paula sings the ballad "Je vole" in sign language for her parents, it's a real goose bump moment, where you can get a little tear in your eye.

Straight in the middle part the story seems to go a little bit in circles and the humor doesn't always want to ignite. Moreover, it can't be denied that there are no big surprises and that the script always moves on all too familiar terrain. And yet the family comedy works really well overall. Director Eric Lartigau has staged a charming film about love, passion and the need to let go. This may not be particularly profound, but it is entertaining and beautiful. If you like light French entertainment with a lot of wit and charm, you should definitely visit the Béliers family. Worth seeing

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